Chavez: Canelo is in his fighting prime, Plant won’t derail him

Mexican great Julio Cesar Chavez believes countryman Canelo Alvarez is at the peak of his powers and will have too much in his locker for Caleb Plant in their undisputed super-middleweight title fight in Las Vegas on November 6.

Chavez, widely regarded as Mexico’s finest ever pugilist, has respect for Nashville’s IBF title holder Plant but feels WBC, WBA Super and WBO 168lbs champion Canelo is in unstoppable form at present.

“It’s a fight where the early rounds are going to be difficult, but I think Canelo is going to prevail with his boxing, his strength and he is going to end up beating Caleb Plant. I don’t know if he’s going to do it by knockout or by decision, but he is going to win,” Chavez told Little Giant Boxing.

“I’ve seen Caleb Plant fight and he’s a good fighter, but he’s not a fighter who can beat Canelo. Canelo is in his prime and nobody beats him right now, so he is going to retain his titles.

“[Plant will] feel the pressure because all of the people are supporting your opponent [Canelo]. Every punch that you seem to land, it’s as if you didn’t do anything and that is gradually undermining the fighter mentally.”